First off, this is not a attack against Jehovah witnesses. In fact I really respect them. Of all the denominations out there I believe they have the most convictions about their faith and would be among the very few people on earth that would truly die for their belief. Unlike most Christian denominations out there they still stand by what is right in scripture. They don’t break and bend for what’s popular in homosexuals acts and they don’t accept adulterers and fornicators, allowed among their members without exile. I also love their peace and absolute oneness in their faith and spreading the gospel around the world(truly). However, this absolute conviction comes with a price. They blindly follow without questioning things that aren’t supported in scripture simply because they ruling body said so. Example of such thing above is found in their study journals. This particular article is about Melchizedek. We all know the scripture. The scripture that explicitly defines Melchizedek as a forerunner of Christ, while some say Yahweh himself. Hebrews 7:3 without doubt describes this man as one who had no mother, no father, no beginning or end of days and being made like the Son of God. The Hebrew/greek language uses the term “Like” the Son of God to mean, in most cases, that he was. So right away, those who know the Jehovah’s witnesses, know that they can’t use these terms or accept this because it’s too many attributes of Jehovah being applied to Christ. So what is there statement about the scripture(highlighted in yellow)? Well basically…”IT DIDNT SAY THAT!” That’s right! What you just read, that is clear as day, the best thing they can come up with is the total opposite of what is being said in scripture. In fact, there is no scripture that counters these statements not even hints to these statements being false or misunderstood. Melchizedek facts are that he had no mother or father….so how can he be born? Yet they say he was born. Then it says he had no beginning of day or end of days, which they define to mean that he died???How the blue moon do you get out of this scripture that this man died? It is absolutely crazy and downright insane for someone of a educated mind to come up to this conclusion, if you believe in scripture. To know that Jehovah’s Witness go this far to avoid statments that are spelled out this clear in scripture, simply because they know if they accept it, it means they are wrong about some facts that they have taught about Christ and God, is flat out scary. And again, this isn’t the only scripture they have done this on. The sad thing here, is that I know they see things like this but because they don’t want to be exiled they won’t tell others or question something they know is off. But to be fair, no other denomination does this either, they just don’t follow scripture about exiling members like the Witnesses do. I guess my issue with this is that they have so many other things in place that show they are being steadfast about his word and study, why can’t this be more consistent?
Our lives are so painfully hard as men of God. If you don’t believe the struggle, it’s shown here. I don’t know for sure what the issue is but it hurts me so much to see this. I am a supporter of this man and his ministry. Are they a perfect church? No. Is he a perfect man? No. But who is, but Christ and his Father. As followers, we are attacked from all sides. I use to think that if you were a pastor or elder you were beyond the typical sin failure. I use to think if I stayed in the church or studying the Bible that this would result in me not falling towards sins or not having problems resisting it. This is so far from the truth. In my life, as well as others I have seen, there are great powers that reside against us. Great powers and principalities stand at odds against us. Things fall in line to present almost impossible probabilities that prove the attack is super natural. Yes, we have a greater source that is for us. But the problem is the temptation of used is God’s will according to scripture. He is not tempting you “himself” but it is still within his will that younare tested and tempted. So our lives aren’t some easy road traveled when we seek him or walk with him. It’s at time unfair to me and my mind. But if God can lead Christ into temptation who are we to complain about going through the same thing? Most people don’t like accepting that scripture says this but it’s the truth. In fact I believe the lives we live today in many ways( not all) is harder to refrain from sin because of the accessibility of it. It’s everywhere and in everything. It’s a miricle that we still have his grace with as much as we could fall to and have fallen to in our lives. We fight every day of lives to do the right thing. Things that happen to us sometimes defy logic. Yes, we can put ourselves in certain circumstances but those aren’t the ones I’m referring to. I’m talking about the weird situations when you pick up an old Bible to study and the old picture of you X falls out of it, and after putting away, memories hit and that very person calls you or text you out the blue after 10-15 years of silence. Or that night that your husband or wife has done that one thing for the last time and you leave the house to cool off and you run right into your co-worker that has been in view for years and you are finally around each other for the first time outside of the job and all they want to do is just go somewhere and “talk”. I get” the testing of our faith” and what it produces. I also understand God’s sovereignty. So unlike most, I don’t make excuses for it when it come across the scriptures. That being said, I still don’t understand it. I, being human, don’t get the cooperation God gives Satan’s kingdom during that temptation. I personally would rather have his protection against temptation not his approval to place me into it. People misquote scripture all the time believing that God doesn’t do this because God doesn’t tempt us. That’s right, he doesn’t “himself”. That’s what the scripture says. ” He “Himself” doesn’t do it but he will allow Satan and his kindgdom to do so. Then people that need to debate this try and rely on the word “allow”. The word “Allow” to a complete sovereign God weighs much heavier than the word “Allow” when applied to Humans. For God to allow something to happen when he is conplete control requires his involvement to do so. Just like Job, Satan had to address God in every facet of the temptation and how strong or how far it would be allowed to go. So, it’s not something that happened that he wasn’t fully aware of in every point of the temptation. The biggest difference is that as a sovereign God he already knows if we will fail the temptation. And if he knows rather or not we will fail and still cooperates with allowing us to be tempted then what does that say? For me, as a human, I used to believed that if I am following him and putting myself in his word, that he would protect me from the temptation that I would fail in. This is wrong, case in point above. This is where it stings, this is where I hurt. To see this man that I know and have spoken to personally, fall to the point that he felt the need to step down is something that is more painful than anything I have felt in the last year or more. And to top it off, I honestly don’t have a answer to this or advice for others. I have yet to meet one man that is in any denomination that is exempt from failure in sin. I use to think that there was a way for me to grow and gain enough knowledge that I would be able to bypass failure in sinning. Its what I always thrived for and over the years I had to deal with the reality that I would never reach this nor has any other man no matter what they claim. Grace is all I can depend on it seems. “His grace is sufficient”.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (James 1:1-4)
Every Christian believer goes through this in their lives. And at different times the level of the temptation is greater or lesser. But why? Why aren’t all temptation trials weighted the same? Why is that man so strong against sleeping with the hooker on the corner but on this day he still ends up sweeting trying to stop from fulfilling his lust for porn? Or why does that woman so easily stay faithful to her husband against every man that has approached her in clubs but yet on this day can’t find the strength to stay away from her co-worker or x boyfriend? We can put into place tons of different things not just lust because temptation is more than just lust but its still the same question. Why does the level of intensity change?
The simplest reason and most common to see is the clear temptation. The one where the door has the picture on it , words spelled out, warning signs glowing in neon. You know exactly what it is. You know exactly why you showed up and why you are opening the door. You have no remorse about it and it’s most commonly seen in teens that are ruled by their hormones. While these types of temptations are real they don’t hold much rewards if one doesn’t open the door in that situation. In fact most of the time it can “seem” they only hold rewards by giving in to them. That’s because this temptation was created by that person almost solely. They sought after it, worked out the plan, and basically already planned for how they are going to do it again long before they have completed the first. These temptations hold very little rewards because they don’t require much, if not any temptation. So there is no trying of your faith to gain any rewards from. Basically they are the architect of their own trials.
The second example is based largely on one’s situation. What if today is the day when that 6 month sober alcoholic lost his mother, the same day where that husband and wife fought about the same issue they have for 5th time, or simply the 15th time you have said no to something you don’t need and each time you do it takes a piece of you and now you have very little strength left? This is how it works. This is the environment clause that sets up trials. These types of temptations are normally the hardest to spot. Because instead of the temptation waiting in front of the door, it’s behind the door unseen until you open it. To you this is like any other day. For you, you have no idea that this is going to be the day where everything you think of is based on that temptation you have fought so hard to keep in check. Every song, Tv show, dream, phone call and or text message leads you to this great door. You don’t have to plan it out, it just happens. And for some reason it stronger, stronger than its ever been. The same temptation a year ago you defeated but it’s back stronger than ever. Why? Because it has been strengthened by the environment it has placed itself in. Why do you think temptation is less during church hours than in any other. Not saying it goes away but you are stronger during those hours or on that day. But the moment the environment or situation changes the door becomes more visible. This is where you know that the rewards will be greater if you overcome. The intensity of the temptation hints to the rewards that are waiting. But if you fall, it also has an equal amount of consequences as well. Basically the size of the door represent both the size of the rewards and consequences alike. They both reside in a equally sized rooms waiting behind two separate doors.
The last thing you have to remember during trails or temptation is your role. As humans we place ourselves as a separate thing from the door of temptation. In most cases we would be right. But sometimes the scariest thing is to understand that you may be that very door. You instead of being tempted are the door tempting others. Not just in lust but in anger, in jealousy and many other things. We are quick to place the blame on the trial or temptation but we must be careful to examine ourselves to make sure we aren’t manifestation of the door tempting others. Deep inside we look at Satan and blame him but sometimes we do his work for him and we actually put on his mask to become the tempter for another. That’s a scary thought and one that most don’t like to accept but it’s true. In fact if you look back on your life I’m willing to bet you have served as the door for another, we all have at one time or another if we are honest with ourselves.
So what do we do? The first thing is to assess the situation you are in. Identity the type of temptation you are going through. Remind yourself of what is waiting for you if you defeat this. Don’t let the joys of given in be the only thing ruling your mind. And most importantly identify what role you play in it. Your role can prevent you from successful defeating the temptation. If you go in thinking you are merely the contestant you can easily loose. Sometimes you have to understand when you are the door and take responsibility for being that to other. This way your approach would be different and you have a better chance at not just helping yourself but helping another. Most importantly, don’t let one moment define your self worth. Know that rewards can come at different times, so can punishements. But it all still works together to help make you a better, stronger person. None of us are perfect but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight to be.
John 1.1. “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
One the biggest debates in denominations is the fight over John 1.1. It has been a hot button for years. The reason why this has been an ongoing issue is that theology has made it a point to place ones Salvation requirement into the theories of man. No more is Salvation based on the scripture but also now based on theology statements and beliefs. I have said this before but Salvation from Christ and theology are not the same. Christianity isn’t Christendom nor the Counsel of Nicea. Men making up theories about how to define God don’t control your Salvation through Christ. Christ is the Messiah and son of the Living God Yahweh. This is what your Salvation begins and ends with. It is not based on the trinity or any other theology man has come up with. There is no place found in scripture that concludes your Salvation being based on you believing that Christ was God or a god. There is no Salvation requirement that makes one required to explain how God and his Son became what they are. There are no Salvation requirements that requires you to be baptised only in a specific church building or any other bondage requirement that theology and denomations have place on you. So when scripture like John 1.1 is spoken about so heavily it always comes back to the simple fact that there are no Captial letters in scripture so in reality god or God is never the point. However, “The God” indefinite article is. This creates a separation between the word vs The God. And this separation is only needed when you are comparing two separate beings while speaking and making a distinction between the two. When the Word is to referred to as God it is never with the indefinite article “The” as it was in the same sentence when referring to the Father.
Ernest Cadman: There are two issues affecting the translating of the verse, theology and proper application of grammatical rules. The commonly held theology that Jesus is God naturally leads one to believe that the proper way to render the verse is the one which is most popular. The opposing theology that Jesus is subordinate to God as his Chief agent leads to the conclusion that “… a god” or “… divine” is the proper rendering. Some scholars staunchly oppose the translation …a god, while other scholars believe it is possible or even preferable.
So the reason why the translation is more supported as “divine” is that the Son is subordinate to the Father. In fact the ultimate conclusion to the Son’s purpose is spelled out in great detail in 1Cor. 15:24-28. This verse boldly and undoubtedly tells you of the ulimate and last act of the Son.
24Then comes the end, when he(the son)delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he(the son)must reign until (until shows a expiration, meaning not forever)he(the Father) has put all his(Christ)enemies under his(Christ)feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “God (the Father)has put all things in subjection under his(Christ)feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he(the Father)is excepted who put all things in subjection under him(Christ). 28When all things are subjected to him(Christ), then the Son himself will also be subjected to him(The Father)who put all things in subjection under him(Christ), that God(The Farher alone) may be all in all.
*Without biases debates this verse alone kills off a great many arguements over Christs true role and defined place. He is clearly not equal to the Father and the Father is head over all things and gave Christ every single thing he has ever been given, even his Life(John 6:57). Nobody gives the Father anything, it’s his by his own right and soverity. This verse also shows you why Christ calls the Father both his God and the One true God. Because in the end, by definition alone, the Father is and will be the Only true God. It also shows you that this is not tied into Christ humanity. This happens well after he is no longer a man and had already rose to heaven and put away death.
Even during very simple events Yeshua was always looked upon as being Only the Son of the Living God not God. He never once required others to look at him as the One true God. Even his disciples and loved ones believed him to be different from his Father.
But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” John 11:22
And Yeshua said to them, “But what is it you are saying about me as to who I am?” Shimeon answered and he said to him, “You are The Messiah, The Son of THE LIVING GOD.” Mark 8:29 Aramaic bible.
In both of these accounts you see very clear that Mary spoke of Christ and God as separate beings not one of the same. She clearly understood and saw Christ as the Son of God, not God. And then on the second account Christ himself gave Credit to his disciple when the disciple simply referred to Christ as the Son of the Living God and Messiah. Christ himself said that this knowledge only came from the Father and that this was the foundation of his Church. He never once determined the foundation of the church to based on theology, the trinity, or if he was God or a god. Christ being the Jew’s Messiah and him being the Son of the Living God was the only key.
So the focus should be on what Christ focused on. Him being the Messiah and the Son of the Living God. But for years we have been told otherwise for so long we lash out others that bring up facts like I have above. Once we settle down and move away from anger we then move to try and justify our beliefs or make excuses for them. We do this because it’s much easier to go on accepting tradition than to fight it. It’s much easier to go alone with the majority of the beliefs than to stand alone against others. I mean I can’t blame others for not wanting to accept things. You do have verses that declare solidly that Christ is called God. The one who sits at the throne should be called God but issue is that this same God we identify as Christ still has a God over him that he has to answer to. That same God he answers to, answers to nobody.
Yeshua said to her. “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to join my Father, and go join my brothers and say to them that I ascend to join my Father and your Father, my God, and your God.” John 20:17
So if Christ says that this God is his and our God we should listen because Christ knew that the identity of God he was given when he was seated on the throne would not be forever as shown above. This is why I submit that the term “Divine” over God or a god is a better translation for John 1:1. While still understanding that even if “God” is used, the key point is that Christ isn’t his Father nor is equal to him because you can never be equal to someone that gave you your position and power because it’s not yours by yourself. The Father is the whole reason Christ has life, the throne, power and glory. Not one time did anyone have to instruct the angels to worship The Father. The Father doesn’t exist because of the Son or Holy Spirit( for the trinity believers). The Father is eternal through and through. He has never died and can never die and has all power because it is his to begin with. It was never bestowed upon him like it was with the Son. These are flat out facts that can not be argued biblically or even with common sense. You may not like these facts but they are facts none the less. Until the next time.
Over the recent years of church history lately many denominations have increased in their following of habits, catch phrases, and customs of whatever is popular at the time. If one person says something that others found different and it tickled their ear, it spreads to another church and or a pastor speech and sermon. It goes from tv to radio and finally spreads at rapid rates. Sometimes when this happens it could be legit and backed up by the word of God. But most of the time it’s not. It becomes a habitual thing to say to fill the lines of speeches or sermons. It becomes a t-shirt or a license plate to be sold in stores. Now, most people when they hear these things or see actions passed on by someone in church it is automatically assumed that this is correct and never validated. It spreads to millions without even one person to challenge the need or accuracy of it. And even if one did it is put off because we feel like it does no harm or that it’s not that important to be accurate. But yet we serve a God that isn’t about confusion and chaos. It is this very thing that keeps the lost from ever joining God’s kingdom. People aren’t really stupid about inconsistency when they are looking for a reason to justify not believing in something. They quickly see flaws and contradictions of the person or groups that try and convince them that they need to live better lives. After all, you are basically convicting them or should I say the word is. Why shouldn’t they look at whatever easy targets they can paint on your back. It’s the human thing to do. One area that is always easy to see is quotes like …Jesus walked the earth 100% man and 100% God. I am sure most of you have heard of this term. It is one of the most inaccurate, unscriptural fades quotes going on today. It has been taught in biblical schools and used by the most educated minds in all of Christianity. On top of everything else it is the most illogical math statements ever made in history. Nothing is 200%! It doesn’t even exist. This quote and it’s meaning has no biblical backing either. So for a person that doesn’t believe in Yahweh you sound like a complete idiot. It isn’t faith nor is it a badge of honor to be proud of. It’s something someone should have stopped years ago but didn’t. Are we forgetting the facts that Christ grew in wisdom and favor of his God and Father, had to be taught, tempted by the devil, had no knowledge of the end day. Christ gave up what made him what he was in heaven to become a man. There are those who try to ignore the fact that he was not His Father who Christ declares as the Only True God. Christ gave up what made him who he was to be born a Man. That’s means whatever he was that made him what he was before he came to earth was no longer with him on earth. This means it’s impossible for him to be 100% God and 100% man . Do the math folks! If in heaven he was complete and he gives up even 1% of what made him who he was, he is no longer 100%. So if you want to say that he was God himself, it would be impossible for him to maintain 100% of that status if he gave that up to become man. For me, the Bible tells us without a shadow of doubt that God can’t be tempted, has all knowledge, and is the only thing that is Good and perfect while Christ denied those who followed him from calling him Good saying only The Father is Good, Christ could be tempted and was tempted, and finally..he is under complete submission to the Father who is his God and ours. If we only look at just the math, 100% means nothing is left out, complete not missing anything. Yes, Christ was the Son of God who stepped up and gave up what made him what he was in the spirit realm to become flesh, be born and grow. I don’t care if what he gave up was as small as his spiritual glow around his pinkie finger. This can’t be counted as 100% God if this what you believe he was. He wasn’t what he was in heaven in some way or another. And if you aren’t what you were before because you gave up something then you can not be 100%. Even if the belief was that he had two natures( to be clear, the Bible never claimed Christ had two natures..theology does) then this would not make his sacrifice fair or equal to Adam and for the sacrifice to work it had to be like for like. Adam didn’t have two natures, he was only a 100% innocent man without the nature of Sin in him. He didn’t have a second nature that was God in him. So Christ had to be born with the same limits and live his life til age 33( I believe Adam was 32-33 years old at the time of the fall of man but that’s not something I can preach as gospel)to justify the sacrifice, which is why he is called the last Adam or the second Adam. In every way Christ had to be able to be tempted just like Adam was in order for the sacrifice to be “one for one” sacrifice as the Bible describes. This concept of 100% man and 100% God would place Christ in a position no man could live up to not even Adam. But we know God didn’t require of Adam something he was not able to do. So if a 100% God and 100% Man was truly needed then Adam would have had to been just like Christ, being both God and Man, based on most churches belief about the substitute sacrifice. How about we allow Christ to be the Son of God he said he is and the allow his God and Father to be the sovereign God He says he is. I’m sure he doesn’t need our opinion or help explaining Him nor His Son. He never once made that a requirement for salvation, man did with theology.
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat” GEN 2:15-17
We all are familiar with this verse. You as Christians have read this verse so many times that you might feel like it’s coming out of your ears, you’re so full of it. Even non-Christians have seen or heard of this verse. The is the beginning of the fall of man. It’s the actions of two individuals called Adam ( both female then male were called Adam if you look up the translation of “man” in Gen 5:2 until the Male named his wife Eve) that placed mankind in the position we are today. I have even gone in depth studies about the Punishments of both Adam’s in previous articles, showing that the Male Adam punishment was different from the female Adam because both actions were done for different reason. Woman’s punishment was to be ruled over by the male or husband because her reasons for taking the fruit. It was because she wanted to be like God and have nobody over her( the same sin Satan fell to). The Adam man didn’t want to be like God and was fine with God rulership over him. This is why Satan didn’t tempt the male Adam. Adam failure was that of complacency and laziness. The male was to watch and guard over the garden and everything in it. But he didn’t because things were too easy and he allowed the enemy to attack his wife because he wasn’t doing his job. His punishment was for him to loose that ease of work and for him to work much harder all the days of his life. Nothing else would ever be easy again. What I didn’t address was the simplest thing in the room, the Tree. The Tree “of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” sat in the middle of the garden along with the Tree of Life. Two trees existing right in front of the Adams that were created. One presented immortality and one represented the “knowledge of Good and Evil” which would condem mankind to death. The two tress existence proves two things.
1. The first thing was that The Adam’s(Man and Woman) were not immortal by themselves as some teach. Immortality existed only in God himself and the Tree of Life, not in mankind. It was never just a part of them as we have told for years. Man and Woman had access to immortality, yes. They had access to the Tree of Life. For some reason they had never taking from that Tree because maybe they had no need to or it never came across their mind, much like being nude and or having sex. What we do know for sure is that after all punishments were handed out, God had to do one more thing. This thing he did was not a part of the punishment directly but it was a saving grace. He cut off access to the Tree of Life so that man could not become immortal in their sin state. So scholars feel that this point would have changed everything for the earth and mankind itself. Some believe that if they did God would have to cut off Adam and his wife from reproduction therefore ending mankind at the root, or simply start over.
2. The second truth was that the knowledge of Good nor Bad was not something given to Man to understand or have. For years Christians have skipped over this fact. The Tree of the forbidden fruit had both the knowledge of “Good” too, not just “Evil”. Everyone always focuses on the evil and disobedience of it all. Yes, that was present but the knowledge of Good also was granted to them as well. Yahweh and his Son were the only two beings that had knowledge of this parity at that time. The two thoughts and actions of Good and Evil were not the same as knowing God himself. We know this because even though Man and Woman knew God they still had not been given the knowledge inside the Knowledge Tree and most importantly, God didn’t want them to have that knowledge. This is big and it’s really eye opening. God is good yes, but knowing him is more than just knowing good. And obviously, good doesn’t always guarantee he is a part of it. This brings a lot of trues in place. Now, we start to see that just because one does good or acts good, it doesn’t garanteee that one is of God. As the Bible says, even an evil person can show acts of good to whom they will and yet still be condemned. So just acting good and doing good without God will get you no more mercy than anyone else. Are you doing what you were told by God when it comes to addictions,lust, adultery, or the like? I can be nice to a prostitute but it doesn’t mean that having sex with her places me in God’s good graces simply because I was nice. Or my life can look like all the 10 commandments and yet if I worship Buddha, I am no closer to the Only True God than if I didn’t know him at all.
So as you see our knowledge of Good exist alongside Evil. It was never suppose to be with us. We were only suppose to know God and his will for us. Nothing else was needed or blessed to be. Evil is understood because you know what Good is or visa versa. But knowing only God gives us the true path that rises far above any other truth. This is what we should seek because he is more than the understanding of Good. What is good to man may never line up with God’s view. On earth we assume that allowing everyone to worship whatever they want is showing goodness, kindness and fairness to all men. But in God’s eye this isn’t the case. In Gods mind and actions he has shown that he kills those who worship something other him(not say for you to go do such yourself). For most people though, they try their best not to look at scripture like that. Why? Because as men we have recreated God’s image like we where his image consultants. We are too busying trying to paint a God that people can live with and sleep better at night with. Bottom line, he doesn’t need us to defend his actions. Our job is to accept his actions and know that he is sovereign. He determines what is right because every single action he takes is right no matter what Tv teaches you to believe about what is good or wrong. On tv everything from homosexuality to fornication is ok because we claim it’s because we love. In Gods eyes love has nothing to do with his word and commandment being broken and he destroys as judgements for such actions. In the end, God is who he says he is, not who you say he is and he doesn’t have to answer to anyone but ALL will answer to him. So we need to all remember this and fight harder to make our lives more in line with his will. No matter what temptation we come against we know we can fight to overcome it. And most importantly, we have to look at that temptation truly for what it is. See the person and item as a real threat to God and his Order and commandment. Stop looking at that pretty girl or handsome man as just the person. Start looking at that addiction as more than a porn movie, cigarette, or drug. Know that powerful forces align against us all. Sometimes Satan’s order will try to use you and other times he uses others. But rest assured temptation comes to all in many forms and it is always there to do one thing only, KILL!
The debate has gone on for hundreds of years. The birth place or breeding ground for all Theologies starts with The Council of Nicea. The challenge that exists in all denominations is what to do with God and his Son. We have a need to define them even when they don’t ask for it. We have made this need a defining moment in people’s salvations. We no longer ask if they simply believe in the Son of God/Messiah and his Father. We now need them to confess that God is a Trinity( that somehow the Son is really equal to the Father), or that The Father and Christ are the exact same person, or that Joseph Smith is a profit, or that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the “Only” Gateway and Organization that God trust and uses in all his ways. None, I repeat “none” of this is a required step for anyone’s salvation. This is when man’s ego gets the best of him and he feels that his theology replaces Salvation requirements for those who wish to be saved. To reiterate again, it does not. The reason why The Father never required such a requirement from anyone was that he being God is much more than anyone can possibly understand let alone come up with a Theology that explains Him. His Son even confirmed that only he truly knows his Father and only the Father could truly reveal his Son as our Savior. Truly I say today, you will be with me in paradise. These true words were spoken by Christ and further proves that no such requirement of Baptism in water, confession of Trinity or Oneness was ever done and yet just by accepting that Christ didn’t belong on a Pole/Tree and that he just might be the Son of God and Messiah, this man received salvation and was granted internal life with Christ. This proves that really every single thing granted or removed is in Christ’s hand’s thanks to His Father and God Yahweh. There is no separate and different path but Christ. There is no extra set of rituals but Christ. And ultimately, according to 1 Corinthians 15:28 there will be no other but the Head over all things, offices, positions and over all people even the Son, The Father (seated as God and Master) when all is done. This one fact alone is hard to deal with if you stand on what you were told to believe instead of what the scripture really say. Men that believe in the trinity try their best to explain away things like this but can’t. Men that believe in Oneness try and do the same thing but also fail. Nobody is just willing to allow the scripture to speak for themselves. And when I say scripture I mean the original writings, not some bible that has pushed out lies in hopes of furthering a particular Theology that Roman put in place. So what is the right thing to do here? Honestly, I have been seeking that my whole life. I still haven’t found out one perfect church or teacher that teaches and knows all things. The last one that I heard about took off in the middle of the air to go back to his Father and God. All I do know is what the bible says. Christ is the Son of the Living God. He is our enthroned King and we await his return. His Father and God is our Father and God who has granted his Son Life and in turn, through our faith in his son and the Son’s sacrifice, we will have eternal life through his Son relying solely on God’s Holy Spirit to power us through our life’s trials and challenges as we witness to all of mankind about the wonderful Gift of Salvation and our responsibility of keeping and honoring that gift of Salvation by remaining Holy for our God is Holy. Amen!